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Over 120 Association of Art Museum Directors member museums celebrate Art Museum Day on May 18th
Participation by AAMD member museums, such as the Dallas Museum of Art (pictured above), emphasizes the lasting impact art museums have on their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in wide-ranging programs and share their encounters with works of art.
NEW YORK, NY.- Over 120 art museums across North America will offer free or reduced admission, special programs, and other initiatives as part of their celebrations of Art Museum Day on May 18, 2012. These museums are all members of the Association of Art Museum Directors—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Building on public response to past Art Museum Days, this year AAMD is encouraging visitors to share their experiences during Art Museum Day on a special printed form available at participating museums and via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay and through special events on Facebook and Foursquare in a collective public response.

“Art museums create opportunities for the public to engage directly with works of art in new and meaningful ways—from transformative educational initiatives to innovative public partnerships.” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are pleased to bring together over 120 art museums to celebrate the power of art and to encourage visitors to share their museum experiences.”

AAMD’s Art Museum Day coincides with International Museum Day, organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). Participation by AAMD member museums emphasizes the lasting impact art museums have on their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in wide-ranging programs and share their encounters with works of art.

Over 120 museums are participating in AAMD’s Art Museum Day in 2012.

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums is available in the newsroom of the AAMD website. Note that while ICOM’s International Museum Day is formally held each year on May 18th, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America as part of a larger worldwide initiative. ICOM’s International Museum Day has been celebrated all over the world since 1977, to encourage public focus on the museum as “an institution in the service of society and of its development.”



Today's News

May 18, 2012

Exhibition of masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris opens in Hong Kong

American Art achieves $34.8 million at Sotheby's led by Edward Hopper's "Bridle Path", sold for $10.4 million

Impressionism exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art recaptures the radical nature of the movement

New National Gallery acquisition: Sir Thomas Lawrence's "Portrait of the Hon. Emily Mary Lamb"

Christie's to offer Fernando Botero's visual citation of renowned Flemish Renaissance painting

International Center of Photography opens exhibition of the work by Christer Strömholm

The Morgan holds first exhibition of its celebrated collection of fifteenth and sixteenth century Venetian drawings

Exhibition of new work by by Marlène Mocquet opens at Haunch of Venison in New York

Doyle New York sets world auction records in American Art, European Art, and Modern & Contemporary Art

Over 120 Association of Art Museum Directors member museums celebrate Art Museum Day on May 18th

Baltimore Museum of Art receives major gift of works by artist Morris Louis

Second National Indigenous Art Triennial opens at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Phillips de Pury & Company announces highlights from its New York Latin America sale

Artists create an embassy for a fictional pan-Asian empire at the National Gallery of Victoria

Major new commission by Richard Rigg, "A Clearing" opens at BALTIC

Qianlong Emperor's seal heads home after selling for 3.4 million at Bonhams

Newly discovered Tom Thomson fetches $126,500 at Maynards' Contemporary and Canadian Art Auction

California museum gets big gift to build shuttle exhibit

Huge Marilyn Monroe statue arrives in Palm Springs

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9.- Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles acquires a rare 16th century "Book of Friends"

10.- Exhibition of masterpieces from the Austrian Habsburg dynasty brings imperial splendor to the U.S.



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